Although it might seem difficult to believe, but the pole dancing pictures, not to mention the involvement of Rima Fakih, the newly crowned Miss USA 2010, in the “Stripper 101” pole dancing competition in 2007 might be grounds for stripping Rima Fakih of her title. Producers at “Mojo In The Morning,” the Detroit radio program that sponsored the pole dancing competition, revealed Monday that Miss Universe Organization officials contacted them, requesting more information and additional pictures (which they say they do not have) of the competition and of Rima Fakih’s involvement. But is this a viable threat to Rima Fakih’s crown? Could the new Miss USA 2010 lose her title so soon after winning it? Are the pole dancing pictures that risque? Or is 24-year-old Rima Fakih’s involvement in the competition so scandalous that the Miss Universe Organization might find it grounds to take the title and crown and give it to Miss Oklahoma?
What looks to have started as a “gotcha” moment or a “we knew her when” moment, “Mojo In The Morning” posted some pictures taken in 2007 at a pole dancing competition they sponsored. Rima Fakih, the future Miss USA 2010, won the contest, called “Stripper 101.” According to the pictures and others, Fakih never actually “stripped” for the win, but she did show some talent dancing around the pole. She impressed enough to take home the championship prize of jewelry, gift cards, adult toys, and a stripper pole of her very own for home use. The pictures posted on the “Mojo In The Morning” website shows Rima Fakih caught in various positions as she dances around the stripper pole in red shorts and a light blue top. Another picture shows her with her bra overflowing with dollar bills (the traditional way to tip a stripper).
But are they enough for her to lose her crown and title?
Thus far, there has been no word from the Miss Universe Organization, which is the parent organization of the Miss USA Organization, on the matter.
But Mojo of “Mojo In The Morning” says that it would be “foolish” for organization officials to not allow Rima Fakih to remain Miss USA 2010. “The photos taken from our Web site are no more provocative than those on the Miss USA Web site.”
The photos of which he speaks also caused somewhat of a scandal leading into the Miss USA 2010 Pageant. The black-and-white pictures posted to the Miss Universe website for the Miss USA 2010 competition depicted the 51 contestants dressed in lingerie and posed provocatively. Many of the pictures showed the contestants posed on beds.
Still, one does not obviate the other, nor does the allowance of lingerie pictures on a website have anything to do with the pole dancing pictures or the involvement of Rima Fakih in the “Stripper 101” competition in 2007. And when it is all said and done, the Miss Universe Organization may choose to do and say nothing at all. But when was the last time a pageant scandal was met with silence?
“Mojo In The Morning” via NYDailyNews.com